Core Team

Valerie Doran | Director

For many years, Valerie has desired to help young people to experience God’s love and acquire a deeper knowledge of the Catholic faith.  While growing up, she led music in her parish for 10 years. As a young adult, she obtained a certificate in sacred studies at John Paul II Bible School, and also traveled for a year with NET Ministries, putting on retreats for youth all over the States.

Later in life, when Valerie saw the success of Arcātheos (a boys’ camp started and directed by her husband) and heard a number of girls expressing their desire to also have an adventure camp, and felt the need to make this a reality.

In 2011, Valerie began creating a team of talented young women and mothers. This team shared in the desire to help others discover God’s love, grow in their understanding the feminine genius (as taught by St. John Paul II), and discover their potential as Catholic leaders in the world. Within three months a unique camp, not found anywhere else, was created!

Valerie directed Captivenia for two years, before turning her focus to  spiritual aspects of the camp.  In 2016 Valerie returned to her position as Director, and is very  excited for what God has in store!

Valerie loves her life in Okotoks, Alberta, where she resides with her husband, Dr. Brian Doran, and their seven children.

Nadia Rhodes | Assistant Director

Having witnessed the rich fruits and graces of Arcātheos, in the lives of her sons and husband, Gerald, she had prayed many years for a similar program specifically for girls. Nadia was overjoyed when she received an email announcing the founding of a sister-camp to Arcātheos designed specifically to form the feminine heart.

Nadia was invited to be part of the 2011 founding team for Captivenia as the Meresera Liaison. In 2012, her responsibilities expanded as she accepted the position of Assistant Director, overseeing administrative and operational needs.

Nadia has a heart for working with women and a great love for sharing the beauty and riches of the Catholic faith.  Her desire to bring Christ to others has motivated her to reach out and serve in her local parish community and beyond.

 

Erica Chudyk | Assistant Director » Youth

Born and raised in a small town in rural Alberta, Erica has always had a passion for the outdoors, spending hours outside exploring with her siblings. Being homeschooled especially enabled her to develop an adventurous side. Erica's mom was particularly active in the church and Erica, first participated and then helped plan and lead Kids for Jesus, Challenge, Triumph in the Cross Conference, and various other youth events. Her summers were spent at Ignite Saskatchewan and ECYD camps until her dream came true and Arcãtheos got a sister camp that she was thrilled to join as a team member.

First, Erica volunteered in backstage theatrics as a scene-builder, then Messenger and eventually as schedule co-ordinator. After graduating, she spent a year in Australia volunteering for NET Ministries. A year after her return she married Brandon Chudyk and, together, they lead a youth group through Jason and Crystalina Evert's Pure Life series. They now live in Stony Plain, Alberta, where Erica works as a Massage Therapist and continues her schooling in Osteopathic Manual Practice. Even though she's been absent for a few camps, Erica is so grateful to return to the ministry that taught her almost everything she knows about God's call for women and the Feminine Genius. She is honoured to serve the team and participants as Assistant Director.

Emily Price | Theatrics Director

Emily has always had a passion and a love for all things mythical and fantastic. Throughout her life, story and fantasy have been sure channels through which God has made Himself known to her. She now desires to do the same for others by creating encounters with Beauty that will form and shape even the deepest corners of a person’s heart.

Over the years, wrestling with and exploring the feminine genius has become a staple of her life. Being deeply convicted of the truth of the Catholic Church, she yearns to see all women and girls set ablaze in fullness of life and true freedom. Her greatest desire for all who enter the Kingdom of Captivenia, is that they would grow ever closer to God and in Him, becoming more and more of the person, and the saint, that they are meant to be.

She holds a Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in International Studies and, Religious studies. She has also completed the two year lay apostolate formation program at St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission. She is currently living in Toronto, where she works for Campaign Life Coalition as both their Global Policy and Research Coordinator as well as one of their Youth Coordinators.

Tianna Williams | Mystique Director

Tianna is the oldest of eight, born into a ministry family. As a youth, her family toured much of Canada and the USA, and seeing her parents minister through music and word has given her a deep appreciation for the power of beauty as a tool of evangelization. She is now a wife and mother with a ministry of her own as an oil painter and blogger.

Tianna has been part of the Captivenia team since its founding in 2011, volunteering as a theatrical character, designing the website and promotional materials, sewing costumes, and helping to develop the overall atmosphere of the realm through style and design. With a firm belief that souls encounter God best through Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, she is honoured to be part of a ministry that fuses all three through spiritual formation, the Sacraments,  powerful stories, and close attention to detail in the sets and costumes. There is truly no other program like this available to Catholic girls, and Tianna is thrilled to be attending this year as Mystique Director. It is her hope that every girl who attends with fall in love with God anew and bring that fire into the world and set it ablaze!

Jennifer Hettrick | Registrar and Program First Aid Coordinator

Jennifer grew up in Northern Saskatchewan, surrounded by God’s majestic beauty in nature. Most of her childhood was spent playing outside, building forts and making up stories with her brothers and many nephews and nieces. Throughout her growing up, Jennifer was homeschooled and was highly involved in Challenge girls club, ECYD summer camps, Kids for Jesus, Pro-Life work, and volunteering in her parish.

Jennifer spent several years in the United States and Mexico discerning her vocation with the Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi. She has since returned to Saskatchewan and works as a full-time tutor, homeschooling seven of her nephews and nieces. She also assists with the local Challenge club and with the youth work in her diocese.

Jennifer strives to share her love of Christ with all those around her. She desires to help young women recognize their dignity and beauty in God’s eyes and to love Him above all else. She firmly believes that young people are capable of striving and fighting for sanctity in their daily lives. Jennifer is excited to be back at Captivenia for another year and cannot wait to see what Christ has in store.

Debbie McNeil | Registrar and Medical First Aid

As a mother of four, Debbie has been an energetic supporter of Captivenia (and Arcātheos) for many years. She officially joined the core team in 2018, after the Holy Spirit opened the door. Of her many beautiful gifts, her ability to connect with people combined with her animated personality allows the girls who attend Captivenia to feel loved, supported, and encouraged.

Debbie spent her youth enrolled in many bible camps within the vibrant Pentecostal Church. She devoted years volunteering in hospitals, community organizations and with Big Sisters of Canada. She and her husband converted to the Catholic Faith through the RCIA program in Edmonton while she was completing college in Pharmacy and pregnant with her first child.

Mother Teresa is a major influence in her Catholic journey. Debbie loves putting her faith into action within a culture where Christianity can be deemed irrelevant and misguided. She strives to use everyday moments to inspire a community of Faith, Joy, and Love.

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”—Mother Teresa.

Katie Stasiuk | Activities Coordinator

Katie has always been enthralled with fairy tales and adventure stories. When she heard there was a camp combining adventure, stories, and faith, she jumped in head first! Since then she has been involved in many aspects of Captivenia from music ministry to archery. She loves every moment she gets to spend in the most beautiful place on earth experiencing God’s love and the love of her sisters.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a Bachelor of education and is currently teaching science at Notre Dame High School in Bonnyville, AB.